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Visiting Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey from London

How to visit Highclere Castle from London independently plus tours


Paddington Station London - Departure Point For Trains To Newbury & Highclere Castle

Paddington Station London
Departure point for trains to Newbury & Highclere Castle

Visiting Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) from London

The TV series Downton Abbey has been a worldwide success triggering an explosion of interest in people wanting to visit Downton Abbey itself, in real life Highclere Castle.


Highclere Castle is situated about 45 miles (72km) west of central London. The nearest large town of any consequence is called Newbury which is connected to London by train.


Highclere Castle is only open for between 60 and 70 days each year. Two weeks over Easter, for each of the May Bank holidays, and for two months (Sunday to Thursday) over the summer months, July to September. There are a few special events days but these are rare.


When you purchase your ticket you will need to select an AM. or PM admission time. The Castle will open its doors at 10.30am, afternoon admission to the Castle will begins at 1.00pm.


In past years demand hopelessly exceeds supply, you needed to be very organised and plan well in advance to get your hands on the much sought after admission tickets.

However now that the last series of the TV show has been screened perhaps this will change.

Tour companies only get a fraction of the tickets they ideally would like, tour operators 2017 ticket allocations have already been made.

Highclere Castle Tours and tickets 2018 and 2017

We have Downton Abbey Small Group Tour 3 dates you can book now for 2018. They include Tuesday 3rd and Monday 9th April 2018, 7th, 8th, 28th and 29th May, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th July, and 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of August and Monday 3rd September. Prices same as 2017, use the link on Tour 3 below.

 

Confirmed Opening Dates 2017

Summer Opening – Sunday 9th July to Wednesday 6th September.

 

Confirmed opening dates 2018

Easter – Open from Easter Saturday 31st March to Sunday 15th April (open every day).

Early May Bank Holiday – Sunday 6th May to Tuesday 8th May.

Spring May Bank Holiday – Sunday 27th May to Tuesday 29th May.

Summer Opening – Sunday 8th July to Wednesday 5th September (open Sunday to Thursday every week).


Visiting Highclere Castle from London independently - a toolkit

Tickets for Highclere Castle

First thing of course is to get some tickets for Highclere.

The only place you can do this is at the official Highclere Castle website, linked below.

Highclere Castle official website


Highclere by public transport from London

Highclere Castle is around 5 miles (8km) south of Newbury. There is a very limited local bus service (around 4 or 5 buses a day) between Newbury and the village of Highclere. In practise most people will want to take a taxi from Newbury Station taxi rank.

Trains from London's Paddington Station run broadly at hourly frequencies throughout the day to and from Newbury. A taxi from the station forecourt should cost about £15-£20 in each direction to/from Highclere Castle.

Can I see Highclere Castle from the public road to take a picture?

The short answer is no, unless you have an entrance ticket the nearest public road is far from Highclere Castle itself.

However there are public footpaths through the Highclere Estate as well as some seasonal footpath openings which allow you to catch glimpses of Highclere. Details of these walks are on the main Highclere website (link above) or Google “Highclere Castle footpaths”.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) Tour Availability From London 2017 and 2018

Highclere Castle day tours from London are few and far between, normally opening dates are restricted between July and early September and national holidays at Easter and in May.

If you want to visit Highclere on a day tour from London it is not a matter of picking and choosing your tour, it's just grab the tour when available for your dates before it sells out!

Tour

Dates Available 2017 and 2018

Tour 1:
Oxford and Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey Tour

2017: Season ended

2018: To be released

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 2:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle

2017: Season ended

2018: May 7, 8, 29. - further dates to be released

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 3:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere (Small Group)

2017: Season ended

2018: April 3, 9, May 7, 8, 28, 29, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, Sep 3.

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 4:
Highclere Autumn Special Tour (Small Group)

2017: Sold out!

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Downton Abbey filming locations day tours from London

Although Highclere Castle is the star of the show, Downton Abbey itself, much of the TV series was shot elsewhere, mostly to the north of Highclere Castle close to Oxford and The Cotswolds.

 

There is a choice of tours with much better availability than the Highclere Castle tours that visit these filming locations and explore the whole Upstairs, Downstairs era.

 

It should be emphasised that these tours do not visit Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself.


There is a Downton Abbey film location tour running with a similar kind of theme, combining visits to the main filming locations of the popular Downton Abbey TV series around Oxford with nearby attractions where you can experience the Upstairs, Downstairs era in which Downton Abbey is set.

 

 


Downton Abbey Film Locations Tour From London
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